Celebrating Veteran’s Day/My Birthday with FAST MEN, SLOW KISSES!



Today is Veteran’s Day! And my birthday!

When I was born, the holiday was called Armistice Day. My mother claims I was born at the stroke of midnight and the doctor gave her the choice of making my birthday the 10th or the 11th of November. She chose the 11th because she was a Federal Employee (rural mail carrier) and knew she’d always have my birthday off.

I’m pleased and honored to share my special day with a very special group of people, including three men I hold most dear:

Reuben Robson, 1945
Reuben Robson, 1945

My father, Reuben E. Robson, who served with honor and distinction as an Army Staff Sargent in Europe in WWII.

My uncle, Burney Bagby, who suffered burns and permanent damage to his lungs when his Navy ship was torpedoed and caught fire in the Pacific.

And my late father-in-law, Milt Salonen, who served in the Merchant Marines, transporting vital cargo and soldiers across the Atlantic.

Milt Salonen, 89 – summer 2013

Their sacrifice was shared by their families who carried on at home without them for months–even years–at a time.

A lot has transpired since WWII, and I could name a long list of friends, family members and acquaintances who have served in the military, but, instead, I will give my thanks for their service and share FAST MEN, SLOW KISSES — a collection of 7 romances supporting military veterans–with you in their honor.

And I’ll gift copies to 5 lucky friends. Just leave a reply–perhaps mentioning someone near and dear to you who has served their country. I’ll pick the winners on Thursday. (Also, congrats–and thanks–to Rogenna Brewer, who made this gorgeous cover–and is a Navy vet herself.)


Fast Men, Slow Kisses: A collection of 7 Romances supporting military veterans

As authors, we’re delighted to pull our works together in this boxed set to say thank you to all those who serve to protect our freedom, especially the forgotten heroes and their families struggling here at home. Proceeds from Fast Men, Slow Kisses will be donated to military veterans’ charities in the United States and Canada.

Fast Men, Slow Kisses contributors:

Wild Ride, by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren 

Joe Montcrief is a hard driving workaholic corporate shark who arrives in the small, eccentric town of Beaverton, Idaho with takeovers and profit in mind. Emily Sargent runs the Shady Lady B&B, a former brothel and the only accommodation in town. Still, he manages to keep his mind on work except when Emily’s around and he notices that this rose-growing, cookie baking, small-town girl has something about her that turns him inside out.

Aloha Texas, by award-winning author Chris Keniston

Fall in love with all the friends and family from the Big Island Dive shop: Retired navy diver Nicholas Harper likes his new life as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii. Kara Lynn O’Conner is the fifth generation lawyer in her small Texas town where life is easy and safe. Six year old Bradley Russell is about to change everything.

Only with the Heart, by award-winning author Linda Steinberg 

Out of money and almost out of time, technology geek Brian McKay has three weeks to complete the prototype for his voice activated hotel suite and achieve the financial independence he’s always struggled for. But, when a beautiful Beverly Hills do-gooder needs his help on a special project, the inventor is pulled between ambition and love.

Her Favorite Mistake, by award-winning author Barbara Lohr 

When Vanessa Randall appears on a popular reality TV show, she isn’t prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie again. She needs the Internet mogul’s help to ramp up her family business, but Alex is the last man she wants back in her life. He’s thinking revenge can be sweet.

Baby I’m Back, by two-time Golden Heart® winner Laurie Kellogg 

Nick Riverà’s ex-wife, Samantha, has no concept of how terrified he is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. His refusal to sire another child ultimately destroyed their marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way into his ex-wife’s home—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart.

Partners by Design, by award-winning author Pamela Stone 

Hard-edged DEA agent Shayne Kelley grew up fast. Shuffled from one foster family to the next made him tough. And damned good at working undercover. When idealistic schoolteacher Dani Cochran reunites him with the father who abandoned him as a child, his well-ordered world is shaken. He can’t seem to resist the naïve teacher and her reckless optimism. But can she risk loving a man who seems destined to break her heart?

Winter Interlude, by award-winning author Sandy Loyd 

Ñico Fernández has plans to seduce Pepper Grady and then marry her to please his dying father. Those plans go astray when the beautiful heiress seduces him instead. She’s vowed never to marry a man like him, one who doesn’t believe in love and he’s not sure he can promise marriage on her terms…including a lifetime of love and fidelity.


Happy reading, my friends. May the coming year be good to us all!

Deb, the birthday girl 🙂


30 Replies to “Celebrating Veteran’s Day/My Birthday with FAST MEN, SLOW KISSES!”

  1. Thanks so much for doing this. I’ve never considered that being a Vet was special. Its just something I did when I was young and at a time when the military wasn’t so popular. But now I’m honored to say that I served. This is a great country, but only because young people still serve to preserve our Freedoms!!
    By the way, the title of my contribution is Tropical Spice.

  2. Happy birthday Debra!
    My great grandfather was in the army and he served his time. My cousin is currently in the Navy. I respect and appreciate all the sacrifices they have done to keep us safe in the homeland. Once in awhile I will get the urge to enlist, but my mother would have a heart attack if I were to do. So I salute all the veterans that had served our country and all the soldiers that are serving today.

    1. I tried to reply to your post yesterday, Stephie, but my phone wouldn’t work with WordPress. I’m with your mother. I nearly fainted when my daughter told me she’d enlisted in the Army. She served her four years before any overseas confrontations began–thank God! But the peacetime military is a different cat and she figured out pretty quickly it wasn’t a career choice for her. Thanks for sharing. We do indeed owe a great debt to all who protect and serve.

  3. There are many family and friends who have served in the military. I honor all of them… some living and some who have passed away. For now I’d like to share this day with my husband who served in the Vietnam war.

  4. My uncles were in service but have passed away now Uncle Douglas Wideman, Uncle Jesse Wideman and Uncle Gene Bell. Also my mother’s cousin was a war hero Paul Bell from Salam Missouri. He was on the Burma Road and somewhere is pics of him with the men and truck. He not only was American solier but worked for English to, which was not normally done. He had lots of medals and passed a few years ago. He would have made a great book…My brother-in-law Jim was in Vietnam and wounded has medals but never shows them.

    1. I love this, Donna. Thanks so much for sharing. From what I’ve read, the Burma Road was as grueling and horrific as it came. My sincere thanks and gratitude to all your family members, including you BIL. Some wounds never heal.

  5. My father, Lawrence J. Baasch was a 22 yeqar veteran, my brother Joseph Baasch served, my brother-in-law Greg Arbo all served in the Army. My nephew Dennis Baasch is currently in the Navy.

    1. My thanks and gratitude to your family members, Sharon. And thank you for posting. Wishing your nephew Godspeed and safe passage until he’s home again.

  6. To be honest I do not know anyone that well that was and is a veteran. However, that did not make me not care for this day or for those that served! I walked through the flags that we have set up out at our field of flags during veteran’s week. Each flag represents someone. Each of those flags is as if there is a soldier, a person in a uniform that is standing there proud and strong. These are the people that have risked their lives for mine, and I do not even know them. Yet they have touched my heart. I could not thank them enough for all their bravery that the have showed, courage to fight to defend everyone. Happy Birthday and thanks for the contest.

    1. Kyria, did you photograph that amazing tribute on Merced College campus? I saw it a few days ago and it took my breath away. Absolutely glorious. Thank you for sharing your feelings. Hugs!

  7. Thanks for your service, Sandy. Great blog. I am so thrilled to be part of this boxed set. I’ve been reading a couple of the other books and they’re really good. Just sayin’.

    1. Thanks, Pamela. I couldn’t pass up the chance to promote this when Rogenna mentioned it to me. I can’t wait to read all the stories.

  8. What a wonderful day to have your birthday on. My grandpa was in WW2 and received a Purple Heart. Which my son is the proud keeper of. My father in law was in the Marines and I had two brothers in the Navy, none of them saw any action.
    Happy Birthday to my wonderful author friend. So happy we met last summer.

    1. Thank you so much, Shari. I’m so happy we were able to meet last summer, too. I’ve always been pleased to claim this special day as my own. We had a huge party on 11-11-11. 🙂 I was sorry to have missed all these great replies until now. My phone doesn’t like WordPress, apparently, and we were out celebrating with the fishes.

  9. Thanks so much for this giveaway. My dad lied about his age so he could serve in the Navy durin WWII (on the Pacific side). His 2 older brothers also served in WWII, 1 was in the Army and the other was in the Air Force. The uncle in the Air Force also served in Korea. I remember my dad selling poppies on Veteran’s Day for the VFW. That was unusal for him, but it impressed me.

    1. Thank you, Eileen, for the great story. My FIL, Milt, dropped out of high school to join. He finished his schooling when he came back. When we were back for his funeral is the first we learned the extent of his involvement in the war. They were humble men, too. Just doing what was required of them.

  10. Deb – Today I’m remembering my dad, Holly Buholz’s dad, my Uncle Bert, my brothers, so many who served and came home and honoring those who served and didn’t. Their sacrifices are humbling.

  11. So sorry my responses are out of sync with the replies–this is what happens when you’re off playing all day with your granddaughters and can’t access WordPress through your phone. Oh, well. I LOVE all these great tributes. Thank you all for participating. I’ll pick the winner tomorrow.

  12. Thanks to all who posted. I loved your replies and I’m so happy to have been able to help recognize our Veterans–and remember those we’ve lost.

    My five winners are: Stephie Lory, Paula Carlson, Sharon Cowan, Kyria Lockheart and Eileen Aberman-Wells. Make sure I have your email addy and I’ll gift you Fast Men, Slow Kisses.

    Enjoy–and remember: authors are soooo appreciative of your kind reviews because reviews help us reach new readers.

    Best, Deb

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